KRS-One Namechecks Wrong Beastie Boy in Tribute to Dead Rappers
The track, "Hip Hop Speaks From Heaven" on former Boogie Down Productions member KRS-One's recently released solo album The World Is Mind is a tribute to many of his lost brethren, including the Beastie Boys' Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, who is alive and kicking.
The homage was likely intended for Adam "MCA" Yauch, who died of cancer in 2012.
The song references a number of influential artists who have died, including Tupac, Notorious B.I.G. and A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg, all of whom have, indeed, passed away. But then he gets it wrong when he raps, "Like a late fog in the mist / I see King Ad-Rock / And rest in peace Nate Dogg / Their names and their natures will last." You can hear it below at the 3:15 mark.
He is, however, correct about the lasting legacy of MCA. As we reported just last week, on the fifth anniversary of his death, the work he did for his community in Brooklyn, as well as the artistic community, lives on.
Oscilloscope Laboratories, an independent film company co-founded by Yauch after he directed several of the group’s music videos, has remained vibrant. A park in Brooklyn Heights where MCA’s father taught him to ride a bike now bears his name. Students earn college credit in a studio space he helped build. His charity work still resonates.
It's fascinating that none of the people who helped usher KRS-One's album to release noticed or mentioned the error. Several reviews of the album have emerged, some of which call him one of the greatest rappers in history and the album his best, but fail to mention the gaffe.
Listen to KRS-One's "Hip Hop Speaks From Heaven"
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